By MARINA SHELTON, Kentucky Today
OWENSBORO, Ky. (KT) – “What do you do when you feel like giving up?” asked Todd Gray, Kentucky Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer, during the 2020 KBC Annual Meeting convention sermon on Tuesday. Gray told messengers to remember the faith, remember the family and remember the fruit.
Using 1 Corinthians 15:58 as his primary text, Gray reminded his listeners of the importance of faith in Jesus Christ as the cornerstone of ministry. He was asked to deliver the 2020 Annual Meeting sermon in 2018, long before he knew he would be in the lead role.
“I have no business in heaven, I don’t deserve heaven, but because of Jesus, I’m saved,” Gray said.
He said the Christian faith is clearly stated in Scripture, the faith is validated by the resurrection of Jesus and what remains is its proclamation. “The gospel must be proclaimed, and when it is, something happens,” Gray said.
“Folks are as open to a gospel conversation now as they ever have been,” he said, mentioning several recent experiences he’s had while knocking on doors across Kentucky.
“People are more confused than they ever have been about how to be saved.” This is why gospel-sharing initiatives are vital to our calling, Gray said.
Gray said another way to combat the feeling of giving up is to remember the family of God. “Let’s do the work that God has called us to do together.”
Loving the family of God means “being sanctified even through the challenges,” said Gray. He spoke of several areas of challenges and disagreements Kentucky Baptists still have—ranging from politics and sports to thermostat temperatures and hugging in church. But he said “we agree on the most important things.”
Lastly, Gray challenged the messengers to “remember the fruit.” He reminded that “there’s no crop failure with our crop” regarding gospel sharing.
“You want to see fruit in your ministry? We’re told to keep steady,” he said, referencing 1 Corinthians 15:58 again.
“Keep on, don’t give up, keep serving where God has placed you,” Gray said.
“It’s a privilege and honor to serve you and serve alongside you,” he said. “Our best days are ahead of us.”